peanut butter

January 27, 2010

Last week, I craved sweets. . . and a hamburger. I took a 3-day break from not eating sweets to honor my birthday, but I haven’t stopped the vegetarianism. I discovered that one of my good friends had been a vegetarian for several months, and she pointed me to some great recipes that I will try soon and an Indian restaurant that I visited on my birthday (they have such delicacies as fried broccoli, which really tastes like chicken).

This post is primarily about peanut butter, though. I wasn’t eating chocolate, so I was fortunate to find a dessert-type snack that helped me through. I got these two original recipes from and modified with resources I had.

Peanut Butter Balls

These are so easy to make! 1/2 cup oats. 2 tablespoons sugar. 1/4 cup dried cranberries. 1/4 cup finely shredded carrots. 2 tablespoons shredded ginger. 3/4 cup peanut butter. 1/4 cup coconut. (the original recipe, which I modified quite a bit, also included sunflower seeds, which I would have added as well, but I couldn’t find them while shopping).

Mix everything together and roll them up. They are good without being rolled in coconut, but they look more festive with it. I ate all 20 of these in 3 days!

Peanut Butter Spaghetti

I got quite a reaction from this one on facebook. It’s not just peanut butter on top of spaghetti, although that’s exactly what it looks like. I bought some thin, wheat spaghetti noodles, and here’s the rest: 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar (use to cut the vinegar), 2 garlic cloves minced, and 1/2 teaspoon ginger (I use fresh, grated ginger). I also add some minced jalapenos. After you mix all these items, you heat them together in a saucepan, which thickens the sauce.

Next time I make pad thai, I’ll add some of this peanut sauce. When I eat some of these leftovers today for lunch, I’ll sprinkle some coconut on top to look like parmesan cheese. It is SO good.

It seems I’ve inspired a few people to become vegetarian through this process. What I hope people will take away is that variety is important, and this, like all things in life, should be an adventure. This is my excuse to eat lots of peanut butter. Yum.

Also, the point of this experiment is to get healthier. I am much more aware of meat smells permeating our society. EVERY major restaurant has that hamburger smell outside of it. I drove a few hours last week and needed to stop at a McDonald’s to use the bathroom. Outside smelled like heavenly hamburger. As I entered, the typical stale-fry smell greeted me. I am not falling for these illusions. Thank God Red Robin sent me a birthday burger (you can sign up online) and let me get a well-seasoned boca burger with all the toppings! (The five-alarm burger is by far my favorite).

2 Responses to “peanut butter”

  1. jacob robinson said

    miss strachan this is disgusting

  2. Hannah said

    Sounds tasty…
    I want to try!

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